TEN COMMANDMENTS OF PITCHING YOUR STORY TO STUDIOS by William Goldman
1. NEVER FORGET WHOM YOU ARE TALKING TO. They really don't want to listen to you but know that maybe, just maybe, you can help out their career.
2. BE BRIEF, IN AND OUT IN FIVE MINUTES. Unless they ask you to stay.
3. YOU ARE NOT TELLING THE STORY, YOU ARE THROWING OUT A HOOK. Keep it simple. Not a lot of detail. One or two lines.
4. GRAB THEM. You want them to think.
5. PEOPLE ARE BUSY. Remember that.
6. DO NOT PITCH MORE THAN ONE IDEA PER MEETING
7. IF YOU CAN, LEAVE AN OUTLINE. A couple of pages where you start with what you hit them with, and thicken a bit.
8. NEVER READ A PITCH. Executives love eye contact.
9. NEVER FORGET THAT EVEN IF THEY BUY YOUR PITCH, MOST STUDIOS ARE PLANNING ON FIRING YOU AS SOON AS YOU HAND THEM YOUR FIRST DRAFT.
THE MAP OF PITCHING YOUR STORY
Here is an effective way to PITCH YOUR STORY, but remember, there are no rules, and you might have your own way. This is just a suggestion that has worked.
-Who you are and what you've done that's revelant, that will generate interest.
-Be specific and brief. Just give a strong impression of what is great about you, and move on.
-Make a positive comment about their work and/or ask them a question regarding their experiences and current position
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SYNOPSIS OF THE STORY
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